This podcast is from the superintendent of schools in the north shore school district 112; a Pk-8 public school district in northeast Illinois. It is a source of information about the school district, its leadership, its teachers, its students, and its community. It is another source of updates, and an additional source of news regarding the changing narrative of public education. Inspire...Innovate...Engage
Patty Samuelian is a treasured member of the North Shore School District 112 family. For more than 30 years this Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) provides guidance, mentorship, support, leadership, camaraderie, and so much more as the TOSA! Learn about Patty's journey, her background, her teaching career, and much more in this episode of Lighthouse 112.
In this podcast episode, we feature and get to know one of the District's newest school leaders, Mr. Sergio Gonzalez. From a career path that started in the private sector to broad educational experiences, Mr. Gonzalez is at the helm of one of the District's two middle schools. Learn about his background, his journey, steps along the way as well as reflections on the current Remote Education during the COVID-19 Pandemic. In North Shore School District 112 we Inspire, Innovate, & Engage, learn more about one of our principals who does this each and every day! Season 2, Episode 13.
In this episode, we interview Sherwood school principal Rachel Filippi. Mrs. Filippi talks about her educational background, her experiences as a teacher and administrator, her reflections on the Remote Education going on due to COVID-19, and more. Spend some time getting to know the leaders in North Shore School District 112.
Jon Bogie was a teacher, an assistant principal, a principal, and now he is a teacher again! Learn more about his journey, his story his passion, and his calling. Inspiring students each day at Wayne Thomas Elementary School in Highland Park, IL, this career educator is a treat to speak with and work with. Jon's innovative approaches are known far and wide and his high levels of engagement make him one of the memorable teachers that students remember for a lifetime. We are proud to work with Jon and we're thrilled to feature Jon on Teacher Appreciation Day!
Edgewood Middle School teacher Michael Buss is a long time teacher with a deep background in middle-level education. He shares his personal story including a very personal medical situation. Michael has taught in urban areas, suburban areas, in grades 6-12, in language arts and in the social sciences. He is one of the amazing District 112 teachers and staff members who Inspire/Innovate/Engage each and every day. Please listen and learn about Mr. Buss' background, journey, and his thoughts on the abrupt changes caused by the COVID-19 stay at home order and resulting Remote Learning. Hearing and validating our teacher voice is very important in North Shore School District 112!
Students share their thoughts about e-Learning - what's good, what's not, and what will they do when they can go back outside again after COVID-19 and the Stay at Home Order. Timely, informative, up to date information from North Shore School District 112.
After the first week of teacher-directed e-learning, we asked our students what they liked, what they did not like, and what advice would they offer to the teachers and administrators. Tune in for a quick, 10 minute check-in with our students regarding e-learning.
During the COVID-19 driven school closures, we have four priorities guiding our work:
Our four priorities in this evolving pandemic crisis:
Priority one - feed our families and children
Priority two - account for the extended safety, health, and welfare of our 4500 students and staff
Priority three - communicate clearly
Priority four - e-Learning
As part of the Governor’s order, he announced that all schools in Illinois will remain closed, with a new tentative reopening date of April 8. On March 12, I ordered all schools in North Shore School District 112 closed until further notice, with a possible reopening date of April 14, this is still our tentative plan. We recognize that this development of the stay at home order may raise questions about the impact on students, staff, and families as well as the school’s vital role of providing meals to students and families while schools are closed. Thanks to the outstanding work of the Moraine Township Food Pantry (and countless volunteers) our children will be fed this week during spring break. District 112 foodservice partner Organic Life will resume meal preparation and distribution operations on 3/30/2020. In this podcast episode, we review what we're doing with respect to preparation, communication, and transition to Remote Learning (priority 4).
In North Shore School District 112, we are proud to report that our present is bright and our future will be brighter! We use various metrics to measure and gauge our success. For reference, check an earlier blog post: Measurement of Success – Blog Post
In today’s podcast, we're sharing information also reported in the Superintendent's Blog, at: http://mikelubelfeld.edublogs.org/2020/01/23/snapshots-of-success-in-district-112-112leads/ where data from two slide presentations and a few extra slides that highlight some recent and current success in the District are shown. The first presentation below was shared with the District’s PTO President’s Council (PTO refers to the Parent Teacher Organization). This is the formal leadership group representing the parents in the District’s 10 schools. In this report, the results of the Family Engagement Survey reveal significant growth in the areas of the school (& District) satisfaction/pride / and perception of our services. Our Future is NOW! in District 112.
In this episode, I am sharing a speech that I presented at the K-12 Global Education Research Association's 5th annual conference in Shijiazhuang, Hebei, China. I wrote about this experience on my blog: http://mikelubelfeld.edublogs.org/
Joining educational leaders from across the United States, China, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Italy, Russia, Costa Rica, Finland, Singapore, & Canada, I represented North Shore School District 112 at the Fifth Annual Conference of Global K-12 Education Research Association in Shijiazhuang, Hebei, China.
Through my leadership roles within the education community, including training aspiring superintendents, teaching at the graduate education level, presenting at conferences, and authoring books & journal articles, I am informed about conferences & symposia on global education issues.
I learned about this particular educational conference from the (AASA) American Association of School Administrators (AASA).
Together with superintendents and educational leaders from the nations mentioned above, and leaders from the following states in the USA: IL, MA, IA, CT, VA, AZ, OH, MD, VA, & WI, I was invited to present a speech to an audience of local (Chinese) educators, administrators, & local civic officials. Many of us presented speeches and shared presentations with one another and our Chinese hosts and local educators. This year’s conference topic was Cultivating Student Leadership Skills.
This topic is near and dear to me as I recently co-wrote the book Student Voice: From Invisible to Invaluable (2018 Rowman & Littlefield) with fellow Illinois superintendents Nick Polyak and PJ Caposey.
On October 1, 2019, at the Committee of the Whole Meeting, the Teaching and Learning Department, Dr. Lubelfeld, and Ms. Eleni Speron of ECRA Group presented to the Board of Education and the Community. This presentation provided an update on the efforts of the Teaching and Learning Department over the last two years, with respect to our shared goals of improving achievement in all student groups in North Shore School District 112. In this episode of Lighthouse 112, Dr. Lubelfeld shares excerpts from the Board presentation as highlights of the District's journey in teaching & learning. In 2017-2018, the new Teaching and Learning team came on board and began their work in North Shore School District 112. Aggregate student performance in the District showed a lack of overall growth, with multiple student groups significantly underperforming. At the end of October 2019, the state of IL will publish current proficiency results, and our preliminary data review indicates that 55% of students met or exceeded standards in English language arts and 52% met or exceeded standards in mathematics. Even though we have begun a positive trajectory towards improving academic outcomes for all students, there is still much work to be done.
Today we’re interviewing Mrs. Nicole Bellini and Mrs. Jennifer Convey. Mrs. Bellini and Mrs. Convey are at the helm of the Red Oak School, one of our two Kindergarten through 5th-grade dual language two-way immersion learning academies. In this episode, we’re going to learn more about Nickie and Jen, Red Oak School, and administration in District 112 in general.
This school year we have many important initiatives on the horizon that present exciting opportunities and challenges. These big three areas of focus will represent our district’s “WHY” for the year ahead. Learn more about each at www.nssd112.org/BigThree.
In this podcast, we're sharing more information about the Big 3 in D112!
The Big Three Focus areas for 2019-2020
Portrait of a Graduate - We “begin with the end in mind” and continue our The Modern Learning Committee’s work on a Portrait of a District 112 Graduate. The Vision for the Modern Learning Committee is to recommend actions for District 112 regarding the integration of technology, professional development, and the skills needed to ensure students are successful. The initiatives that result from the work of the committee are intended to serve as guideposts for all district operations. Developing the Profile of a District 112 Graduate was the major focus during the first four meetings of the committee. The profile characteristics for graduates in District 112 are - Mastery of Grade Level Performance Expectations, Self-directed Learner, Continuous Curiosity, Find and Evaluate Information, Learning and Innovation Skills, Open-minded to Other Perspectives, Positive and Active Citizens. See full descriptions of each of these characteristics.
Closing Achievement Gaps - Student Learning for ALL (special report to the Board on October 1). We are so proud of the impact and initial success of the teaching and learning reforms implemented over the past three years across the District. The department has also been very busy over the past summer working with teachers from across the District to develop curriculum and guides to prepare for the 2019-2020 school year. This included the development of vocabulary to accompany the units of study in middle school language arts; collaboration between Spanish and French teachers for implementation of the new world language resources; work to prioritize Illinois Learning Standards for implementation of the new social studies curriculum resources; Middle School math teachers worked on unit planning and attended the Math Learning Center Leadership Institute; teachers collaborated to develop Music curriculum for grades K-8 curriculum scope and sequence and pacing; and many other areas of professional development and curricular planning.
Facilities Upgrades & Modernization - Continuing the Northwood project and finalizing plans for the Edgewood Middle School modernization as well as ongoing upkeep of all school facilities. This also includes a transition of Northwood students and staff to Northwood Jr. High at Elm Place. Preliminary planning is also underway for a transition of Edgewood students in 2021. Visit www.nssd112.org/LRPConstruction for information regarding the Middle School Modernization Projects.
The back to school ritual meeting is a time for all staff to reunite, gather as a whole, and get charged up for a great new school year! In this episode, I'm sharing my welcome back speech delivered to our 500+ staff at the Welcome Back Institute Day! Discussing our "why", our "how" and our "what" as I map out the vision for the coming year, with a cool intro from "K-DAWG" - a DJ from the past.
One of the professional groups to which I belong and have a leadership role is the American Association of School Administrators (AASA). The AASA offers leadership support to superintendents and school district leaders around the USA and in Canada. One of the leadership development cohorts in which I have participated and for which I serve as the national co-director, is the Digital Consortium. The July 2019 visit was to the Nashville, TN area of Wilson County. There we toured a brand new middle school (state of the art), we met with the leaders of the Chamber of Commerce, and we interacted with teachers and students. In this podcast we're meeting with high school seniors and we're discussing their Bio-Tech coursework and pathways and the impact that this innovative programming has had on them and their futures.
The purpose of the AASA Digital Consortium is to support school district administrators as they scale successful models in support of engaging, effective learning experiences using digital media in order to be the leading national voice for digital innovation in our nation’s public schools.
Experience innovation in schools, technology, and industry partnerships
Engage/observe best practice in digital leadership
Reinforce purpose and outcomes for the Digital Consortium
Advance AASA’s goal to reinforce equity for all students
How do your programs prepare students to be successful in their local and/or global economy?
How can technology pair with the concept of personalized learning to change teaching and learning in our schools?
How can opportunities to innovate for both children and adults strengthen the local economy?
In our District student voice matters! Listen to 7th grade students share their topics for independently chosen research topics that can impact their community. Student voice, student impact — this is what we’re all about in District 112. Inspire...Innovate...Engage
In this episode of Lighthouse 112, I asked student committee members about their experiences on the North Shore School District 112 Modern Learning Committee. Earlier this year the District formed a Modern Learning Committee , the purpose of this committee is to guide and inform the decision-making process of District 112 regarding the integration of technology to leverage learning for all students, ensuring that graduates of North Shore School District 112 develop the skills and knowledge in order to be college, life, and career ready. The Vision for the Modern Learning Committee is to inform and recommend actions and decisions for District 112 regarding the integration of technology and professional development. The Portrait of a 112 Graduate will be unveiled on August 6, 2019, at the Board of Education Meeting.
The Eighteenth Annual APS Best Practice Initiatives showcases outstanding school and community programs and the educators demonstrating leadership and creativity in promoting the inclusion of all learners. This year we're thrilled that the APS at NSSED honors two District 112 schools and programs as Best Practice programs. We celebrate innovation in learning, advocacy, partnership, recreation and social integration. Best Practice Awards recognize outstanding school and community initiatives that bring together students of all abilities to learn, play, create or socialize. The NSSED Association of Parents & Staff (APS) honored The Outdoor Classroom at Green Bay School and Inclusion in the Round Red Oak School. This podcast episode shares the audio presentations from Green Bay and Red Oak.
In this episode of Lighthouse 112, hear the voices of students, principals, teachers, and community activist leaders of WE Day. District 112 has hundreds of students in more than half of the schools participate in WE schools. We are proud of our focus on social justice inspired student leadership and service learning.
Civics education in North Shore School District 112 takes many forms. This year the long-standing Project Citizen programming was brought from Elm Place to Edgewood and Northwood. This year's first ever Spanish language public policy review took place this year! In this podcast we're sharing civics education coming to life from Northwood Jr. High School's 6th grade social studies engagement in authentic public policy review and inquiry in both English and Spanish!
In 2019-20, North Shore School District 112 will offer before care starting at 6:00am and after care ending at 6:00pm at all seven of the District's K-5 elementary schools! In this episode, Dr. Lubelfeld spends some time with Brett and Dixie of Innovation Learning discussing questions posed by members of the PTO (parent teacher organization) president's council at a recent meeting. Learn about registration, the parent advisory committee, and more!
For more than 20 years North Shore School District 112 middle School students have participated in the Center for Civic Education Project Citizen program. In this episode listen to student presentations and reflections in a simulated legislative hearing on proposed public policy. From their website: “Project Citizen is an interdisciplinary curricular program for middle, secondary, and post-secondary students, youth organizations, and adult groups that promotes competent and responsible participation in local and state government. The program helps participants learn how to monitor and influence public policy. In the process, they develop support for democratic values and principles, tolerance, and feelings of political efficacy.”
In this episode of Lighthouse 112, District 112 Chief Financial Officer Chris Wildman shares a bit about his personal story and the operations of the District. Chris shares what he is most proud of this year and what he's working on for next year. Chris also shares some awards and recognitions that his leadership has yielded in the proud stewardship of the DIstrict finances and operations. Finally, Chris shares how he stays current and at the front edge of leadership in school finance.
Get to know the principal and associate principal at Edgewood Middle School in Highland Park, IL. Why did they enter administration? What is going on at their school? What are some cool events and transitions that are planned? Listen to the interview and find out!
The superintendent of schools sits down with the leaders at Oak Terrace elementary school in Highwood Illinois. Get to know more about the principals as people, in what they believe, and why their school is so special and wonderful. Take a few minutes and get to know what a dual language school is all about.
In this episode Dr. Lubelfeld and Nicholas Glenn discuss the Long-Range planning process in North Shore School District 112. Discussion includes process, input, student voice, and next steps. The Future starts NOW! Inspire...Innovate...Engage
Join us for an interview with Lindsey Rose the director for language programs. Learn about her deep rooted family history in Highland Park. Learn about her expertise in bilingual and biliteracy education; and learn about the dual language two way immersion Spanish English program in District 112!
As part of our engagement process we asked students at Northwood Jr. High School what they would like to see in their new middle school (current 6th grade students will likely graduate from the new Northwood). 7th and 8th grade students, while not personally or directly benefiting from the new school were asked for legacy insights. What would they like to share from their middle school experiences. These are live, unscripted interview segments with Q & A with the superintendent, students, and the District architect. In NSSD112 we take student voice from invisible to invaluable!
Today we are interviewing Dr. Kevin Ryan the assistant superintendent for teaching and learning in North Shore School District 112. Dr. Ryan is at the helm of the key functions of the teaching and learning department. In this episode we’re going to learn more about celebrations in the district, the math and English language arts and Spanish language arts curricular programming, support for teachers and much much more. Dr. Ryan is going to comment on student growth and measures of student learning as well as new initiatives that are upcoming and pending his recommendations to the board of education.